Derek Riggs Talks About Maiden ArtworkMetal Assault recently interviewed Derek Riggs, the artist who created Eddie and painted many of Maiden’s album covers. The following is an excerpt from the interview:
Metal Assault: Your last few pieces of art for Iron Maiden have all been digital. Would you consider getting back to painting for them?
Riggs: Well I might do one or two but for the most part I can’t do the painting thing anymore, the chemicals in the paints ended up making me ill so I had to give it up. If I hadn’t just discovered digital art I would have just stopped doing it all together.
Metal Assault: Do you get royalties for any Iron Maiden merchandise including CDs that have your artwork?
Riggs: No, none at all. I sold the remaining rights many years ago.
Metal Assault: Do you have any Iron Maiden related paintings with you?
Riggs: I do not have any at all, not even any sketches. And NO, I don’t have any buried away in a cupboard anywhere. I have moved house about five times since I gave up doing the Maiden covers. Three of those times I threw everything away and just walked away with a bag of clothes - like when I moved to the USA, I arrived in the USA with just one bag of hand luggage and the hard drives of my artwork that I had already posted to a friend’s house in the USA ahead of me.
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